Geodesy is a branch of geophysics that studies the geometrical, structural, and gravitational properties of the Earth, their time evolution, and the dynamic interactions of the solid Earth with other physical components of the Earth system (atmosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, and the core), at a wide range of temporal and spatial scales. Geodesists also study the corresponding topics for other planets in the solar system.

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See the recording of the latest webinar on the geodesy workforce!
Title: "The world needs more geodesists: Growing and broadening the geodesy workforce"Scope:  Geodesy underpins fundamental science of the shape and gravity of the Earth and planets and their time variations with numerous applications where precise positioning is needed: satellites, autonomous navigation, precision agriculture, smart phones, shipping, aviation, natural hazards, military, etc. Within the USA and selected other countries, we are hearing reports that employers cannot find adequately trained students in geodesy.  Some have even called it a crisis.  During this webinar, we will have 5 speakers discuss the skills needed for  a geodetically trained workforce, the current state of the workforce, and creative solutions to attracting a 21st century workforce for geodesy.  Approaches include, but are not limited to: focus on K-12 education, internship programs, cross-institutional online graduate training courses, and recruiting majors and/or experienced workers from other STEM fields to geodesy.

Nikki Markiel, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
John Galetzka and Rick Bennett, National Geodetic Survey
Jeremy Maurer, Missouri University of Science and Technology
Donna Charlevoix and Michael Hubenthal, Earthscope Consortium

This webinar was held on Sept. 29.  You can see the Zoom recording of the meeting on YouTube at:




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